The World in Flames A World War II Sourcebook

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Pub. Date: 2010-03-03
Publisher(s): Oxford University Press
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An edited volume of primary sources from the Second World War, The World in Flames: A WWII Reader, provides, for the first time, and in a convenient and comprehensive package, an ambitious and wide-ranging insight that conveys the sheer scale and reach of the conflict, and the twelve-chaptervolume includes sufficient narrative and analysis for the reader to grasp both the war's broad outlines and the context and significance of each particular source. Beginning with the growing disenchantment over the World War I peace settlements and the determination of German, Italian and Japanese leaders to revise the situation, the book traces descent into open, armed conflict with the Allies, the spectacular early successes of the Germans and Japanese, thestabilization and eventual pivotal campaigns of 1942, and the arduous efforts over the remaining three years to destroy the Axis capacity to wage war. Examples are drawn from a wide range of documents interspersed with contemporary images such as posters, photos, cartoons.Throughout, the book provides a rounded account of the struggle, balancing a consideration of strategic and tactical issues, the perspectives of the various combatant forces, the different theatres of operations, the various services involved (including aerial and naval warfare), and the experiencesof participants across the spectrum from privates to generals. Furthermore, in addition to illustrating the conduct of the war, it illuminates its consequences for the societies involved. Selections treat the mobilization of labor and intellect, trace the impact upon women and children, and explore the tendency of the war to throw into bold relief both nobleideals and persistent domestic tensions, not to mention the depths of human depravity in the Holocaust. Themes that have a special resonance for the postwar era, such as the perils of nuclear weapons, are also given their due. Coupled with chapter on historical memory, these features enable studentsto appreciate the place of World War II place in the longer course of the twentieth century.

Author Biography

Both Frans Coetzee and Marilyn Shevin-Coetzee have taught at Yale and George Washington Universities and earned fellowships from the ACLS, Alexander von Humboldt, Fulbright and Mellon Foundations, the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton,and the NEH. They are the authors or editors of five books and numerous articles and maintain a website on world history,

Table of Contents

Seeds of Turmoil
Mussolini and the Masses
Abyssinia's Plight
Spain's Anguish
Japan's Outlook
Statement at Lushan
Rape of Nanking
Hossbach Memorandum
France Goes to War
"Only Movement Brings Victory": Blitzkrieg
Soviet-Finnish War
Rethinking Armored Warfare
Rotterdam in Flames
France's Collapse
Strange Defeat
A Certain Eventuality
De Gaulle's Appeal to France
French Collaboration
Occupied Poland
Air Raid on Southampton
London is Burning
The Widening War
A War for Freedom?
Warning Signs from Japan
Japan's Decision for War
Avenging Western Imperialism
Yamamoto's Strategy
Attack on Pearl Harbor
Plan Dog
Forging Allied Strategy
Allied Grand Strategy
Desert War
Survival in North Africa
Germany Strikes East
"The Criminal Orders"
Saving Moscow
Combat on the Russian Front
Hitler's Obstinance
Mobilizing For War
Arsenal of Democracy
Mexican-American Discrimination
Factories on Rails
Producing for Victory
Ford's Willow Run
Germany's Delayed Mobilization
German Forced Labor
Chicanas in the Factory
Navajo Code Talkers
An Anthropologist Gathers Intelligence
Photo Intelligence
The Role of Science
The Tide Turns: June-December 1942
The Mood in America
Rommel Reflects on the Desert War
Breakthrough at El Alamein
Eisenhower Reflects on Operation Torch
Stalingrad: The Rat's War
Admiral Ugaki Reflects on Midway
The Strain of Jungle Warfare
Winning the Solomons
Why Japan Lost Guadalcanal
The European Theater
Bombing Ploesti
Flying a B-17
Area Bombing
Massacre by Bombing
U-Boat Peril
Germany's U-Boat Strategy
The Fall of Mussolini
The Polish Resistance
Greece at War
Yugoslavia's Partisans
Siege of Leningrad
Panzer Warfare in the East
Soviet Tactical Doctrine
Battle of Kursk
Eisenhower and Overlord
Ernie Pyle's War
The Asian Theater
Bataan Death March
"Vinegar Joe" and China
The British Army in Burma
Japanese Operations in Burma
Marxism and Burmese Resistance
The Indian Situation
Marines on Peleliu
Kamikaze Attack
The Decision to Use the Bomb
Preparing to Invade Japan
The War At Home in America
The Rabbis March on Washington
To Undo a Mistake
The Internment of German-Americans
Why Should We March?
New World a-Coming
The Zoot Suiters
Discrimination against Mexican-Americans
The Stocking Panic
Prayer at Iwo Jima
Readjusting to Family Life
The Culture and Psychology of War
The Nazi New Order
The Four Freedoms
The Atlantic Charter
The GI's Perspective
Japan and Greater East Asia
The Anthropology of Japanese Conduct
Soldiers Under Stress
Civilians Under Stress
Religion in the Skies
Revival of Russian Orthodoxy
Christian Morality in Wartime
'Muscular Christianity'
Gandhi and Non-Violence
The New Imperatives of Education
Radio on the Home front
Film and Propaganda
War Bonds and Mass Persuasion
The Welfare State
The Inhumanity of Man: The Holocaust
Defining Genocide
Atrocities in Kamenets-Podolsky
The Youngest Victims
Wannsee Conference
A Polish Witness to Massacre
The Warsaw Ghetto
Himmler and the Final Solution
The Holocaust in Greece
Von Moltke's Thoughts on Resistance
Out of the "Dark and Deadly Valley"
Nazis to the Bitter End?
Liberating the Death Camps
A Mother Ponders the War's End
The German Problem
America's Plans for Postwar Germany
The Nuremberg Trials
Displaced Jews in Occupied Germany
Japanese Biological Warfare
The Tokyo War Trials
American Policy for Postwar Japan
Japan Adjusts to Occupation
Revolution and Liberation in Indo-China
Ho Chi Minh Appeals to Truman
Africa Speaks
"The Long Telegram" and Containment
The Iron Curtain
The American Century
Commemorating WWII: Confronting the Past, Writing the Future
Remembering D-Day and the Boys of Pointe du Hoc
Germany Commemorates the Fortieth Anniversary of Defeat
The Soviet Union and the Uses of Victory
The Holocaust Museum
Japan and the War's Contested Memory
Japan's Comfort Women
Hiroshima, Culture Wars, and the Enola Gay
World War II Timeline
World War II Bibliography
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